Biology - CPS (BIO)

BIO 0904. Exploring Biotechnology: Recombinant DNA and Protein Purification. 6.8 Hours.

Reviews new and exciting developments in the field of molecular biology. Explores the basis and applications of techniques such as DNA purification and isolation, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and genetic engineering, including protein purification. The classes have a lecture component to provide insights into the advantages/limitations of these technologies. This course complies with the framework of life sciences/biotechnology of the Massachusetts Department of Education.

BIO 1050. Medical Terminology. 3 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to explore the language of medicine, learning about the importance of word structure in medical fields. A command of medical terminology is fundamental for anyone who aspires to work in the healthcare field. Examines the fundamentals of word analysis and construction, including root words, prefixes, and suffixes, all in the context of the anatomy and physiology of human body systems and healthcare systems. Seeks to provide the fundamentals of science and medicine through reading, writing, listening, and speaking exercises focusing on technical terms used in medical terminology.

BIO 1100. Principles of Biology 1. 3 Hours.

Introduces a variety of biological concepts. Surveys plant and animal characteristics by comparing cell structure and function. Examines specific elements of structure, function, and natural history. Specific topics include cytology, histology, physiology, genetics, cellular respiration, and botany.

BIO 1101. Lab for BIO 1100. 1 Hour.

Accompanies BIO 1100. Studies the specialization of animal cells and ecological succession. Offers students an opportunity to learn about proper experimental design and the limits of experimentation. Includes observing the structure and function of unicellular organisms and the characteristics of biological molecules, measuring aerobic and anaerobic respiration rates, observing cellular reproduction, and genetic analysis of plants and animals.

BIO 1200. Principles of Biology 2. 3 Hours.

Covers the major evolutionary trends leading to complex life forms. Surveys organisms beginning with unicellular algae and leading to basic animal structure and function. Describes the anatomy of each body system as well as physiological processes such as hormonal control, nerve impulse transmission, muscular contraction, and the immune response.

BIO 1201. Lab for BIO 1200. 1 Hour.

Accompanies BIO 1200. Uses prepared slides and preserved specimens to study the Prostitia and animal kingdoms. Studies the appendicular and axial bones, muscles, blood vessels, urogenical anatomy, and the nervous system.

BIO 1600. Human Anatomy and Physiology 1. 3 Hours.

Provides an overview of anatomic terminology and organization of the body. Presents the structure and function of cells and tissues. Includes the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary and musculoskeletal systems, joint structure and function, and the nervous and endocrine systems, including special senses.

BIO 1601. Lab for BIO 1600. 1 Hour.

Accompanies BIO 1600. Covers a range of topics from the course.

BIO 1700. Human Anatomy and Physiology 2. 3 Hours.

Covers the structure and function of the cardiovascular system (including the properties of blood, the lymphatic system, and immunity) and the respiratory, digestive, and urogenital systems.

BIO 1701. Lab for BIO 1700. 1 Hour.

Accompanies BIO 1700. Covers a range of topics from the course.

BIO 1990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. May be repeated without limit.

BIO 2100. Microbiology. 3 Hours.

Emphasizes the close relationship between the development of technology and science. Compares prokaryotic and eukaryotic cellular morphology and physiology, including bioenergetics, carbohydrate metabolism, and cellular nutrition and growth. Studies viral replication, microbial genetics, bacterial taxonomy, and evolution. Discusses the principles of epidemiology and public health related to food, water, and sewage microbiology and the role of microbes in fermentation and industrial and environmental microbiology.

BIO 2101. Lab for BIO 2100. 1 Hour.

Accompanies BIO 2100.

BIO 2300. Cell Biology. 3 Hours.

Introduces the chemical composition and structure of cells and organelles. Focuses on transport processes, cell cycle and cell death, and cytoskeleton and matrix. Includes cellular control systems, including cellular energy supply, action of chemical messengers and regulators, cellular principles of respiration, and photosynthesis.

BIO 2500. Genetics and Molecular Biology. 3 Hours.

Covers a detailed analysis of the biochemical mechanisms that control the maintenance, expression, and evolution of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes. Topics covered in lectures and readings of relevant literature include gene regulation, DNA replication, genetic recombination, and mRNA translation. Emphasizes the logic of experimental design and data analysis.

BIO 2501. Lab for BIO 2500. 1 Hour.

Accompanies BIO 2500.

BIO 2990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. May be repeated without limit.

BIO 3100. Biochemistry. 3 Hours.

Covers the fundamental chemistry of biomolecules such as proteins, enzymes, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleotides. Studies important molecular structures and their role in metabolic cycles. Introduces metabolism and catabolic and anabolic pathways of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleotide metabolism. Discusses the importance of nutrition and how it affects metabolic pathways, genetic disorders, and mechanisms of action of various drugs that affect these pathways.

BIO 3101. Lab for BIO 3100. 1 Hour.

Accompanies BIO 3100. Introduces modern research techniques used in biochemistry. Topics include purification and characterization of proteins, kinetic properties of enzymes, isolation of high-molecular-weight DNA, and protein separation; DNA mapping; spectrophotometry; peptide mapping and sequencing; enzyme kinetics; and extraction, separation, and isolation techniques.

BIO 3990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. May be repeated without limit.

BIO 4215. Human Parasitology. 3 Hours.

Examines the general biology, life cycles, modes of transmission, and pathogenesis of major parasites on global human health. Explores a number of important diseases, along with the diverse protozoans, worms, and arthropods responsible for them.

BIO 4850. Biological Sciences Senior Project. 3 Hours.

Focuses on an in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field.

BIO 4896. Experiential Education Directed Study. 1-4 Hours.

Draws upon the student’s approved experiential activity and integrates it with study in the academic major.

BIO 4950. Seminar. 1-4 Hours.

Offers students the opportunity to select a topic from any area of their biology or biotechnology studies. Students read current research and prepare an oral presentation and paper, including analysis of the science as well as other perspectives. The oral presentation requires students to apply knowledge gained in prior course work, to understand and integrate classroom learning in their research, and to communicate their findings effectively to their peers and instructors. The final paper can be written as a review of current research progress, identifying current challenges and projections about future research directions, or as a well-defined and researched grant proposal. Group seminars focus on how to read and interpret a scientific paper, how to research an emerging topic, and how to write a professional paper of publication quality.

BIO 4955. Project. 1-4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to prepare a discipline-specific project. May be repeated without limit.

BIO 4983. Topics. 1-4 Hours.

Covers special topics in biology. May be repeated without limit.

BIO 4990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. May be repeated without limit.

BIO 4991. Research. 1-4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to conduct research under faculty supervision.

BIO 4992. Directed Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic.

BIO 4993. Independent Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to design and complete a research project in biology.

BIO 4994. Internship. 1-4 Hours.

Provides students with an opportunity for internship work.

BIO 4995. Practicum. 1-4 Hours.

Provides eligible students with an opportunity for practical experience.

BIO 5976. Directed Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic.

BIO 5978. Independent Study. 1-4 Hours.

Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic.

BIO 5984. Research. 1-4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to conduct research under faculty supervision.

BIO 6501. Applied Biology Institute. 4 Hours.

Offers teachers an opportunity to prepare for the College Board’s Advanced Placement Biology Program. Provides the latest information on AP biology. Offers an opportunity to gain practical experience with most of the 12 recommended AP biology laboratory exercises, tips on planning an AP course, a review of the AP biology testing process, practical teaching ideas, and other helpful information for AP biology teachers. Includes sample lectures, class discussions, scheduling and time management, textbooks and other resources, testing and evaluation in an AP course, and sharing ideas and experiences with other teachers. Seeks to instill the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to successfully conduct and assess the content of these AP labs.

BIO 6502. Ecology, Evolution, and Diversity of Life. 4 Hours.

Explores ecology, evolution, and the diversity of life, building on nationally tested, standards-based curriculum materials at the middle and secondary school levels, aligned with state and national standards. The subject matter includes the mechanisms behind evolution, the development and functioning of plants, the flow of matter and energy through ecosystems, and concepts of population structure and dynamics. Exposes students to the current state of knowledge in the scientific community through laboratory and field activities, outside reading, classroom presentations, and challenging class discussions.

BIO 6503. Genetics and Cell Biology: A Human Approach. 4 Hours.

Offers an in-depth exploration of the biological principles, content knowledge, and pedagogical strategies needed for teaching cell and molecular biology and genetics at the middle and high school levels. Topics include structure-function relationships of cells, cell membranes, and biological macromolecules; enzymes; cellular energetics; cell reproduction; human genetics; and the transfer of genetic information in cells. The course takes a human biology approach to these areas, using activities and examples drawn from the human body. Offers students an opportunity to gain a rich understanding of biological concepts while modeling the use of hands-on, inquiry-based teaching strategies.

BIO 6504. Exploring Biotechnology: Recombinant DNA and Protein Purification. 4 Hours.

Reviews new and exciting developments in the field of molecular biology. Explores the basis and applications of techniques such as DNA purification and isolation, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and genetic engineering, including protein purification. The classes have a lecture component to offer insights into the advantages/limitations of these technologies. This course complies with the framework of life sciences/biotechnology of the Massachusetts Department of Education.

BIO 6505. Regulation and Homeostasis in Biological Model Systems. 4 Hours.

Focuses on the regulatory processes in biological model systems in specimens such as mice, fruit flies, worms, yeasts, and plant genetic models. Studies self-regulation and how it operates, from a whole organism’s physiology down to cellular processes. Topics include molecular basis of excitable membranes, neurotransmission as a model of ligand/receptor interactions, chemical communication between cells, lesion or mutation as a method to uncover normal function, neural bases of sensory and motor systems’ gene regulation, non-Mendelian genetics and biotechnology, and growth and development of multicellular organisms. Uses new technologies and case studies in the discussion of those topics. Includes explanation of concepts, laboratory activities, classroom discussion on the application of the material to the classroom, and readings.

BIO 6509. Zoology for the Elementary Classroom . 4 Hours.

Focuses on the use of practical zoology in the elementary classroom. Offers students an opportunity to classify classroom-compatible organisms including snails, earthworms, red worms, butterflies, mealworms, crayfish, crickets, beetles, praying mantises, and spiders and to explore their structures, needs, life cycles, habitats, adaptations, behaviors, and heredity. A culminating project is to design a zoo habitat for a selected organism and construct a model of that habitat.

BIO 6961. Internship. 1-4 Hours.

Provides students with an opportunity for internship work. May be repeated without limit.

BIO 6962. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. May be repeated without limit.

BIO 6964. Co-op. 0 Hours.

Provides eligible students with an opportunity for work experience.

BIO 6966. Practicum. 1-4 Hours.

Provides eligible students with an opportunity for practical experience.

BIO 6970. Seminar. 1-4 Hours.

Offers an in-depth study of selected topics.

BIO 6980. Capstone. 1-4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to integrate their course work, knowledge, and experiences into a capstone project.

BIO 6983. Topics. 1-4 Hours.

Covers special topics in biology. May be repeated without limit.

BIO 6995. Project. 1-4 Hours.

Focuses on in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. May be repeated without limit.

BIO 7961. Internship. 1-4 Hours.

Provides students with an opportunity for internship work. May be repeated without limit.

BIO 7962. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.